How To Use Cannabis Derived Terpenes
If you’re looking to use cannabis-derived terpenes, you may want to know how to use them properly. Whether you’re trying to recreate your favorite strain or enjoy the benefits of specific terpenes, this guide has you covered. First, we’ll go over what terpenes are and how they work in cannabis. Then, we’ll dive into the potential benefits of using terpenes, such as anti-viral or anti-bacterial properties. Afterward, we’ll provide a case study on how to reproduce a specific strain, Runtz, as well as tips on how to add terpenes to distillate and dabs.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes, also called terpenoids, are a group of naturally occurring aromatic compounds produced primarily in plants, responsible for their smell and taste. Cannabis stands out in the plant kingdom because it can have any of the 400 known terpenes found naturally in the plant. The combinations of terpenes in each cannabis strain give it a distinct smell and taste that cannot be adequately reproduced outside the plant. It’s important to note that many vendors who sell terpenes sell Botanically Derived Terpenes (BDTs), extracted from plants other than cannabis. However, cannabis-derived terpenes, like those offered at Vivimu.com, are superior in every measure against BDTs.
Benefits of Terpenes
Besides recreating the taste and smell of your favorite strain, terpenes may also offer medicinal benefits. Some terpenes have shown activity at endocannabinoid receptors, such as beta-caryophyllene, which has been found to treat depression by acting as a CB2 receptor agonist. Humulene, another common terpene found in cannabis and hops, may also be useful in the management and treatment of inflammatory diseases. While the investigation into the potential medical benefits of terpenes is ongoing, it’s worth noting that most terpenes have anti-viral or anti-bacterial properties, as this is a reason plants produce them in the first place. It’s best to check the Certificate of Analysis (C.O.A.) test results for each terpene to find the specific terpenes found in that strain if you’re looking for terpenes by their specific benefits or the flavor experience that combination may provide.
Reproduce Your Favorite Strain
If you’re trying to reproduce your favorite strain, it’s important to note that the wide array of terpenes in a strain is challenging to replicate. While a strain may have anywhere from 20-50 different terpenes included, many of these terpenes are very small percentage-wise and may not be reflected in laboratory analysis. Therefore, it’s hard to achieve the exact same terpene composition in a recreated strain. However, you can use a certificate of analysis from a dispensary that sells the strain you want to recreate as a starting point. For example, to recreate the Runtz strain, you would need to add in the ratio 18:.07:.25 for THC, CBDA, and CBGA/CBG, in addition to Runtz cannabis-derived terpenes, to achieve the closest possible reproduction to the original strain.
How to Add Terpenes to Distillate
If you want to add terpenes to distillate, you’ll need to first heat the cannabinoids up to around 160 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point most solid isolates will turn into a liquid form.
How To Add Terpenes For Dabs
Adding terpenes to dabs can be a little more complicated than adding them to distillate, but it can still be done relatively easily. First, you will need to obtain your desired dabs and terpenes. Once you have your materials, you will need to start by heating your dab to a liquid state, typically with a torch or e-nail. Once your dab is in a liquid state, you will need to add your desired amount of terpenes, typically around 4-7%, or to taste. Be careful not to overheat the dab and terpene mixture, as this can cause the terpenes to evaporate and potentially damage the mixture. Once you have mixed in your desired amount of terpenes, you can let the mixture cool and enjoy your flavorful and aromatic dab.
Final thoughts: Using cannabis derived terpenes can be an excellent way to enhance your cannabis experience and potentially provide additional health benefits. Whether you are looking to recreate your favorite strain, add flavor to your distillate, or create a flavorful dab, using terpenes can be a simple and effective way to do so. Just be sure to choose high-quality, cannabis-derived terpenes from a reputable source, and always use caution when adding terpenes to your cannabis products. With these tips in mind, you can enjoy the full range of benefits that terpenes have to offer.